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Stop Smoking for 2010

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Public Health workers are offering help for a common New Years resolution. Smokers have an extra incentive to kick the habit in 2010 - it's expensive.

The typical pack-a-day Iowa smoker spends nearly $2,000 per year on cigarettes. In Iowa, cigarettes cost a little more than $5 for each pack.

Using nicotine patches and gum in conjunction with some type of counseling makes it twice as likely for someone to quit successfully. Iowans can receive free stop-smoking aids by calling Iowa's Quitline in January.

Black Hawk County's Tobacco Free Coalition is offering group meetings for people ready to kick the habit.

Program Manager Arlene Prather-O'Kane explained, "it's a very effective class for people who want to try to really quit. And maybe they can't do it through the Quitline, and they need that group consensus."

They're hoping to start the classes in February, and finish in time for national "Kick Butt" week in March. For more information, call Erin at (319) 235-6571.

For more information about Iowa's Quitline, click here.

Online Reporter: Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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